Federal Judge Richard Posner Advocates Marijuana Legalization

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September 10, 2012

6:30 PM

Richard Posner, a renowned federal judge, condemned criminal laws against marijuana this past week in a lecture at Elmhurst College in Illinois, according to http://www.lawyers.com. “I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have. I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana,” Posner said. “It’s a waste of people’s lives who could be at least moderately productive with having to spend year after year in prison.” He later went on to point out the expense of prohibition, saying that legalizing marijuana and other drugs would save federal, state and local governments $41.3 billion.

Read the full article here: http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/09/respected-federal-judge-calls-for-legalizing-marijuana/

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  1. Lord Botetourt
    September 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Gov Gary Johnson, two time governor of New Mexico, is the Libertarian Party nominee for president. His VP running mate is Judge Jim Gray. Both support legalization. The Libertarian Party is for fiscal responsibility and social tolerance. Live Free! Vote for Johnson!

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